Editor’s note: Dr. Kayla Emter, podiatrist/foot & ankle surgeon at Jamestown Regional Medical Center, shares tips on how to shop for children’s shoes. As a student, Dr. Emter struggled with painful bunions, which required surgery. Form that experience, she wanted a career in the medical field so she could educate and help others. Today, Dr. Emter is qualified through the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Image of JRMC Podiatrist/Foot & Ankle Surgeon, Dr. Kayla Emter.
Image of JRMC Podiatrist/Foot & Ankle Surgeon, Dr. Kayla Emter.

Once upon a time, many years ago, I worked in the shoe section of a sports store.

Many people wore ill-fitting shoes. Fast forward through medical school and residency and I now cringe.

As a Podiatrist/Foot & Ankle Surgeon, I now know the effects of ill-fitting shoes. What worries me is with the advent of online shopping, buyers don’t try on shoes prior to purchasing. Shoes vary in size. Over time, an ill-fitting shoe can have lasting impacts.



To prevent discomfort, calluses, blisters and deformities:

  • Try shoes on at the end of the day, when feet are their biggest.
  • Bring your own socks, as well as any custom inserts. this helps determine how the shoe will fit when you wear it for work, school, etc.
  • If the shoe is not comfortable in the store, it will not be comfortable at work, school or on the court. The cutest shoe is not always the best option.
  • Have both feet measured in width and length and accommodate the bigger foot.
  • Walk and jog around the store. Be cognizant of comfort, that the arch hits you appropriately and that your heel does not slip.
  • Give yourself enough room. Don’t be self-conscious of big feet and don’t try to squeeze into a shoe that you like because your size is not available. The width of a thumbnail should be available at the front of the shoe. For width, make sure your toes can spread and do not feel squished.

Know that studies show: care is better close to home. Jamestown area residents need not to travel for specialty services. If you or someone you love needs relief, contact the JRMC Clinic at (701) 952-4878. Free injury screenings are always available so families can understand treatment options. Schedule a free screening at (701) 952-4800.


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